Wittenberg Wins Fifth NCAC Tournament Crown

Wittenberg earned its fifth NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title on Saturday
Wittenberg earned its fifth NCAC Field Hockey Tournament title on Saturday

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Wittenberg (8-6-3) freshman Kaitlyn Krieg (Denver, CO/South) scored the lone goal of the match in the 17th minute to lift the second-seeded Tigers to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Kenyon (9-7-3) on Saturday afternoon in the championship of the 2017 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament in Gambier.

As tournament champions, the Tigers have earned the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament. It marks the fifth NCAC Tournament Title for Wittenberg and first since 2009. The NCAA selections will be released on Monday.

Krieg’s game-winner was an unassisted tally from the top of the box that sailed into the top left corner. It was the second goal in the NCAC Tournament for Krieg who scored in the crucial equalizer in the Tigers’ semifinal victory on Wednesday.

Defensively Wittenberg held Kenyon without a shot in the first half and outshot the Ladies, 14-8, on the game. Krieg led all players with four shots while, Emma Klug (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming), Gillian Blackwell (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) and Samantha Hayes (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois) led Kenyon with two shots apiece. 

In goal, senior Hannah Wilson (Pickerington, OH/North) and sophomore Kelly Corbin (Fallbrook, CA/Rancho Buena Vista) combined for three saves and the shutout while sophomore Jillian Countey (New York, NY/Rudolf Steiner) was credited with five saves for the Ladies.

2017 NCAC Women's Soccer All-Tournament Team

Maddy Ireton, Wooster
Miura Wiley, Wooster
Maggie Armstrong, Denison
Emma Phinney, Denison
Campbell Fee, Kenyon
Caroline McNeer, Kenyon
Brianna Maggard, Kenyon
Jordan Wright, Wittenberg
Leah Soutar, Wittenberg
Kenzie Mason, Wittenberg
Emily Thomas, Wittenberg

MVP - Kaitlyn Krieg, Wittenberg


Semifinal Matches Championship Match
Tuesday, October 31 Wednesday, November 1 Saturday, November 4
#1 Kenyon 3, #4 Wooster 3 - 2OT {Box}
Kenyon Advances on PKs, 3-1
#2 Wittenberg 3, #3 Denison 2 - OT {Box} Wittenberg 1, Kenyon 0 {Box}

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Semifinal Recaps

Despite both matches going to overtime, the seeds held in the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament, setting up the championship match between top-seeded Kenyon (10-6-2) and second-seeded Wittenberg (7-6-3) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Gambier, Ohio. Kenyon is in search of its second NCAC Tournament title in program history and first since 2014, while Wittenberg is looking for its first tourney crown since winning four-straight from 2006-09.

In a rematch of last year’s NCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament championship match, second-seeded Wittenberg (7-6-3) avenged its loss to third-seeded Denison (8-6-4) by earning a 3-2 overtime win in the 2017 NCAC Tournament semifinals on a cold and wet Wednesday night in Springfield, Ohio.  After trailing Denison, 2-1, at halftime, Wittenberg got the equalizer from freshman Kaitlyn Krieg (Denver, CO/South) in the 81st minute off a pass from sophomore Kenzie Mason (Granger, IN/Penn), while junior Taylor Vaughn-Stanton (Ft. Thomas, KY/Highlands) fired in the game-winner in the fifth minute of the overtime session to lift the Tigers to the victory. Wittenberg took an early lead on a PK off the foot of junior Megan Davis (Canal Winchester, OH/Pickerington Central) in the 22nd minutes, while Denison got both of its goals in the final 10 minutes of the opening half off the foot of junior Maggie Armstrong (Wilmette, IL/New Trier). Armstrong tied the game at 1-1 on a PK of her own in the 36th minute following a foul in the box, and put the Big Red up 2-1 in the 40th minute off a pass from junior Sam Haseltine (Fairlawn, OH/Western Reserve Academy). It was an evenly played match overall as the Tigers held a slight 16-10 edge in total shots and a 7-5 advantage in corner kick opportunities. In goal, senior Hannah Wilson (Pickerington, OH/North) finished the match with four saves for the Tigers, while Denison senior Jenny Herold (Miami, FL/Our Lady of Lourdes) closed out her career with a six-save performance.

Top-seeded Kenyon (10-6-2) overcame a two-goal deficit late in regulation, and nailed three of its five PK opportunities in the shootout session to advance past fourth-seeded Wooster (7-8-3) in the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament on Tuesday afternoon in Gambier, Ohio. Wooster freshman forward Mila Zunich (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) opened the scoring in the 37th minute off a rebounded shot from sophomore midfielder Claire Davis (Brook Park, OH/Berea-Midpark). Another rebounded shot resulted in an equalizer for Kenyon in the 54th minute as senior Emma Klug (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) fired a lose ball into the back of the net off of a deflected shot from freshman Samantha Hayes (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois); however, the Scots regained the lead just 12 minutes later on a goal from junior Erica White (Washington, PA/Fr. Cherry). The Scots appeared to put the game away in the 81st minute on a goal from freshman forward Miura Wiley (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire Acad.) to go up 3-1; however, the Ladies answered with two goals in the final 10 minutes to send the match into the overtime sessions. Senior Emma Klug (Wyoming, OH/Wyoming) made the score 3-2 in the 81st minute on a looping shot that sailed over Wooster goalie Maddy Ireton's (Dublin, OH/Jerome) head, while sophomore forward Morgan Engmann (Mt. Zion, IL/Mt. Zion) evened the score at 3-3 on a goal in the 85th minute. Hayes was also credited with both assists down the stretch. After two scoreless 10-minute sessions of overtime play, Kenyon sophomore goalie Jillian Courtney (New York, NY/Rudolf Steiner) came up big in the PK session by swatting away three of Wooster's four shot attempts. For the Ladies, senior Campbell Fee (Pelham, NY/Memorial) and freshman Caroline McNeer (Winston Salem, NC/Forsyth Country Day) gave them the early 2-1 lead in the PK session, while junior Brianna Maggard (Loveland, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) sealed the advancement on the fifth and final penalty kick.



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The seeds and pairings are now set for the 2017 NCAC Women's Soccer Tournament following the completion of the regular season schedule on Saturday, October 28.

Kenyon (7-0-1) won its first outright North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer championship since 2006 and its third league title all-time after finishing the regular season 22 points in conference play. Allegheny, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan lead the league with nine titles all-time, followed by Wooster (5), Wittenberg (4), Kenyon (3) and DePauw (1).

The Ladies will enter the 2017 NCAC Tournament as the top seed and will entertain fourth-seeded Wooster (4-3-1) on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., while second-seeded Wittenberg (5-3-0) will hosted third-seeded Denison (4-2-2) on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Kenyon blanked Wooster, 2-0, in the regular season on October 10th, while Wittenberg earned a 2-1 overtime decision over Denison on October 14th in Springfield.

The championship match is set for Saturday at the site of the highest remaining seed to emerge from the semifinal round.